Tairāwhiti / Gisborne
Tairāwhiti / Gisborne
- Time 1-3 hrs
- Distance 30kms
You have super cycling to choose from, including easy coastal trail, sealed roads, mountain bike park and, for a longer journey, the eastern end of Rere Falls Trail.
This is an easy, flat, panoramic ride. From Gisborne i-SITE, ride Grey Street to the coast. There’s a shared use trail east to, and up, Turanganui River; as well as west along Waikanae Beach on Oneroa cycle and walkway. At the end of Oneroa cycle and walkway, you can carry along Centennial Marine Drive, which becomes gravel and takes you all the way to the mouth of the Waipaoa River.
This loop is a diverse and pretty 18 kilometres, including sealed roads, a solid gravel road climb, and a short section of track. From town, ride Stafford Street onto Riverside Road, which is hilly but sealed. Turn left onto gravelled Cave Road, which climbs to a gate. Go through this and keep climbing on 4WD track, then drop steeply to Matokitoki Valley Road. The seal resumes. As you get back to town, turn left onto Valley Road, Barkers Hill, then Ballance Street, then turn left onto Russell Street, back to Stafford Street. An out-and-back option is to carry on up Riverside Road instead of turning onto Cave Road.
This is a flat ride on sealed roads. If you're visiting Gisborne and wanting to stay on-road, it's a convenient option for a spin. Note there is a short section riding on SH2.
Gisborne Mountain Bike Club maintains a network of single track trails at the Whataupoko Mountain Bike Park (known also as Fox St). Whataupoko is free to use and super handy to Gisborne town centre, so if you’re staying in town you can easily ride there (though there’s parking if you want). The park offers a range of grade 2-5 trails in a compact area, all well signed, so you can spend an awesome few hours without stressing about finding your way around.
Gisborne has other off road routes including access to forestry blocks for club members only. Download the GMBC app (see below under Tips and Logistics) to see where you can ride. Become a member to get a permit.
- Excellent guided and self-guided tours are available with Cycle Gisborne. These tours suit all fitness levels and range from just a few kilometres all the way to multi-day experiences.
- Download the Gisborne brochure for a map of the above rides.
- Join Gisborne Mountain Bike Club by downloading the app.
Select the club, then
- Create Account
- Once completed, activate your account to get your virtual membership card.
Individual = $30
Family = $40 (2 adults, 2 Children under 18) + Child = $5 each
To activate your family you will get a code to sign up each member separately while only paying on the primary account.
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